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Quick Summary


Ratings!  What this year?


The pilot led by Kevin Hillstrom demonstrated a CRS can work effectively for our club. 

We will implement a Computerized Rating System (CRS) in September

1 Why a CRS?


  • it is objective

  • based on performance on the court

  • not focused on a particular style of play

  • is measured over a body of work, not a single afternoon of play

  • no need to request an observation, simply sign up for a CRS event

  • less onerous on observers/raters

  • the player is in control of the rate at which they advance 

  • many improve quickly, others gradually

  • they desire a rating that reflects their ever changing level of play

  • improvement isn’t a straight line up

  • simply keep playing in CRS event(s)


2 Getting started:


The transition from colors to a numeric CLUB RATING was a necessary first step - computers like numbers.



  • computers like numbers so much, there are now two ratings – Club Rating and CRS Rating.

  • those that want to advance will have a second rating: a CRS Rating

  • the CRS rating is initialized based on Club Rating - at the mid-point between the players current club rating and the “next level up."

  • The pilot reinforced that the starting point for a CRS is important.

  • For members that believe their rating is too low, we offer an opportunity to appeal. Basically, an avenue to “make the case.” 

  • Guidelines for what include in an appeal: recent tournament match history, number of matches, DUPR half-life, ladder performance, an independent rating, player recommendations from target level, etc.

  • The appeal will be reviewed by the Rating Panel. 

  • Assuming the appeal is successful, the CRS rating will be increased


3 How can I advance my club rating?


  • The pathway to a change in club rating is simple: participate in CRS events. 

  • Scores are recorded in the computer algorithm. 

  • The CRS rating is dynamic, changing after every game - not unlike a golf index or handicap!

  • The pilot reinforced that a CRS begins to stabilize after 15 games/matches. 

  • The club rating is relatively static, changing periodically based on CRS Rating with at least 15 games played

  • We anticipate adjusting club ratings bimonthly, based on CRS results


4 Wait - I just want to have fun and play pickleball!


  • Club Rating drives participation in most club events, and it is working just fine

  • Members pursuing advancement will also enjoy the more relaxed and fun nature of Club Rating Events.

  • Many members may not have a concern with ratings.

    • They play with a priority on fun on the courts over rating level. 

    • Rating advancement isn’t a concern

    • They don’t need two numeric ratings

    • If/when that day comes,, they can follow this new path. 

    • Until then, this is a lot of noise…and we get it - ignore it until it’s relevant, if ever


5 So - when can I start?


  • CRS events start September 5 for men and September 7 for women

  • Registration opens a week in advance.

  • There is room for up to 80 each week to start.

  • The initial format will be an 8 to 10 person round robin, depending on registrations

  • Players will be ranked by initial CRS rating…”ties” in ranking will be broken randomly 

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